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10-17-2008, 02:24 PM
A scene from a book called Ophelia. Can anyone help me with the glow from the fire? I can't quite seem to get it right. :confused:

D Akey
10-17-2008, 02:31 PM
To light something where white is seen as white is something I would not do.

You should bring the ambient value of the room down and the values of your white down to where light stands out as lighter than the local color of a garment, for example, and not a color.

Think of a white sheet and a white nightgown as a color. White fabric in a dimly lit room is going to be gray or pale blue or something like that, depending on the lighting around that will affect it. So try not to think of white as the color out of the paint tube. It has many possible colors to it and therein lies the beauty and flexibility of it.

Mother Nature uses it as a blank canvas too. Not just us.

10-18-2008, 08:43 AM
Um... slightly confusing, but I think I get it for the most part. :) You're saying that I need to make the nightgown a little darker, right? And tone down all the whites...? :confused:

10-18-2008, 12:54 PM
Things are looking up!! :D:D:D:D

10-18-2008, 01:17 PM
Of course, that depends if the open fire is the only light source of the scene or if some daylight from the window is lighting the scene also... If it's night you should create high contrasted clair obscur.

10-18-2008, 02:49 PM
Nope only the fire and maybe a candle. I don't think it's supposed to be at night, but it's just dark in there. :D Thanks orbital chiller! :)